Flint terror suspect facing additional charge

 Amor Ftouhi
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Published: Mar. 22, 2018 at 5:07 AM EDT
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The Canadian man accused of attacking an officer at Flint Bishop International Airport last summer has been hit with a new charge.

Federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that a new charge of committing terrorism crossing national boundaries has been added against Amor Ftouhi.

Ftouhi, whose address is listed as Montreal, is accused of crossing into the United States days before pulling a knife on Bishop International Airport Police Lt. Jeff Neville in the terminal.

Authorities say Ftouhi researched American gun laws and gun shows in Michigan online while in Canada before entering the United States on June 16, 2017.

Ftouhi allegedly tried to purchase a gun in the United States, wasn't allowed and purchased a knife instead. That knife is what he is accused of using to attack Bishop International Airport Police Lt. Jeff Neville on June 20, 2017.

Neville suffered serious knife wounds to his neck before other airport police officers were able to subdue the 50-year-old Ftouhi. He was arrested with the help of officers from surrounding agencies. Lt. Neville has since made a full recovery since the attack took place.

Ftouhi allegedly referenced killings in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. During interviews with authorities, Ftouhi allegedly indicated that he was a “soldier of Allah” and was a follower of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Ftouhi faces up to life in prison if convicted and he will be arraigned on the new charge in Flint.

Stay with News 10 as we continue to track this developing story.